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FutureLearn

About FutureLearn 

FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform formed in December 2012 by The Open University and is now jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group. FutureLearn has over 10 million people signed up worldwide. FutureLearn uses design, technology and partnerships to create enjoyable, credible and flexible short online courses, microcredentials, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that improve working lives. It partners with over a quarter of the world’s top universities, as well as organisations such as Accenture, the British Council, CIPD, Raspberry Pi and Health Education England (HEE). It’s also involved in government-backed initiatives to address skills gaps such as The Institute of Coding and the National Centre for Computing Education.

 

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Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion

As one of the world’s largest digital learning platforms with over 14 million users, we know that we have a responsibility to leverage our reach and core skills to help educate the world on inclusion, and that work starts with our own teams. 

 

How we’re making an impact

Here’s some of the diversity and inclusion initiatives we’re most proud of:

 

An inclusive hiring approach

We’re dedicated to improving the overall representation of minority groups across FutureLearn, particularly in leadership roles. The challenging task for recruitment teams to hire diverse talent is now measured not by a quota, but by an ambition to include at least one candidate from a minority background on every shortlist. By doing this, we’ve already achieved an 18% minority hires rate over this year. What gets measured, gets improved.

 

Awareness and upskilling

Our diverse team is what makes us who we are, and because of this we care about having regular conversations around diversity and inclusion. As well as regular all hands sessions on diversity and inclusion and more specific forums on topics such as Black Lives Matter, we’ve been fortunate to recently partner with the wonderful people at Fibre Training who have delivered engaging and thought-provoking online sessions unpacking the theory behind the science of the brain and unconscious bias but also focusing on real-life examples, from micro-inequities to full-on exclusion and discrimination. 

Policies and everyday practices

Our policy states that we have zero tolerance to exclusion and we really mean that. There are no nuances, zero is zero. Using the internal speak up channel, FutureLearners feel that they can raise issues without the risk of retaliation and that there is due follow up process. We also have appointed a volunteer Diversity and Inclusion champion amongst staff, acting as another impartial route for conversation. This is an expansion on our existing champion programme, which has helped to support colleagues through mental health issues, bereavement, and domestic abuse. 

 

FutureLearn’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy in 2020 Click Here



Benefits at FutureLearn

List of all the benefits that FutureLearn are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Pension (4% employer / employee contribution)
  • Calm Premium App
  • Westfield Healthcare Cash Plan
  • Flexible Working
  • Charity day (volunteer for a charity of your choice)
  • Buy & sell up to 5 days holiday
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • Buy and sell holiday scheme
  • Cycle2Work

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